A Letter from Dr. Harold Sims Regarding the American Museum of the House Cat

To Whom it May Concern,

Around 30 years ago, I found that there were no cat museums in America. My being the owner of a non-profit cat shelter since 1996 and a keeper of cats most of my life, I thought it would be only proper that I should open a cat museum, as well, and I have been collecting cat-related items ever since.  

Until 2017, I thought my idea was just a dream, but in 2017, I was offered space for a museum in a local antique mall. I took advantage of the offer and moved in and opened a cat museum.  In the first of three 9-month seasons, the museum attracted over 6.000 visitors from around the world and earned around $48,000.00. It did about the same for the next two years. Then, in 2019 the antique mall owner told me he would close his mall at the end of the season. So, based on the success I’d had, I invested around $450,000.00, and I built a much larger building a few blocks away. The new museum was to open in April of 2020 but has not been able to do so because of the pandemic.

My reason for this letter is to seek funds to ensure the future of this museum. I am now 85 years old and looking for ways to ensure its operation after I am gone. And seeing it was a museum built to educate and entertain the people who love cats, I think it would be proper that those who profit from the sales of cat products, food, litter, toys, and the like, should help me form an endowment fund that would ensure the museum will be able to carry on into the future. At the present time, I own the building and all the contents of the museum. The museum operates as a 501 C3 non-profit that raises money from ticket sales, sales from a gift shop and small donations. These are used for its operation only. I do not take a salary, collect rent nor do I purchase more items for the museum. I feel that the museum will continue to attract visitors after me, but I would like to help ensure that with funds generated by the endowment. At the time of my death I will bequeath my ownership to an updated 501 C3 corporation that will hold title to museum and land and will help operate the museum.

Of course, I am going to need legal advice and will seek it. Now, I am asking if you would consider helping me preserve the future of this museum with grants or donations to an endowment fund that I will form. The American Museum of the House Cat is one of only two cat museums in America and one of nine in the world. If all cat people will work together the museum will remain a valuable asset to all.

Thus far, income/over/ the costs of operation/ have been passed on to The Catman2.org cats only shelter, a shelter without cages, which I founded in 1996. These funds are used to fund the shelter’s low-to-no cost spay & neuter program for the pet cats of those that cannot afford the operation and for local feral cat control.   Both shelter and museum have Facebook pages and the museum has been featured in more than a dozen well renown magazines.

 You may contact me by E-mail at [email protected] or PO Box 2344 Cullowhee, NC 28723.

 Sincerely yours,

 Dr. Harold W. Sims Jr. D.Ed.